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About the journal

Consumption and Society publishes articles that advance understandings of consumption as a societal phenomenon, embedded in, and constitutive of, socio-economic, material and cultural configurations. The field of consumption studies was an early touchstone for major debates on macro-social change, especially around the issues of globalisation and aestheticization. Following in this tradition, Consumption and Society aims to revitalise the relevance of consumption studies for the societal challenges of the 21st Century. The journal contributes to debates on contested aspects of consumption, such as environmental impacts, digitalisation, the shifting balance of collective versus private consumption, commodification and inequalities.

Consumption & Society is affiliated with the European Sociological Association's Research Network on the Sociology of Consumption (ESA RN5) and the Sustainable Consumption Research & Action Initiative (SCORAI) Europe, as well as the British Sociological Association’s Consumption Study Group. A key feature of the journal is to reflect the pluralism of these networks, as well as of the field of consumption studies more broadly. While anchored in the sociological understanding of consumption, the journal welcomes submissions from a diverse range of cognate disciplines and fields, including: anthropology, geography, gender studies, history, marketing and Consumer Culture Theory (CCT), media and communication studies, political science, Science and Technology Studies, and environmental social sciences.

The Editors invite empirical, theoretical and methodological contributions to the study of consumption as a societal phenomenon. Diverse methodological and theoretical approaches are welcome. Principally, Consumption and Society publishes peer reviewed, theoretically informed empirical papers, as well as purely theoretical contributions. The journal also publishes other formats, including Keyword Essays, Book Review Essays, Book Reviews and Interviews. The Editors welcome proposals for Special Issues and Special Sections to promote novel research agendas, as well as proposals for innovative and novel formats.

Consumption and Society actively seeks contributions from beyond Europe and North America and is committed to promoting scholarship from the Global South. The journal is also committed to supporting emerging, early career researchers.